Although the church was reconstructed back in 1777 by Robert Smith, the building remains very similar to its initial version. The only visible distinction is the use of color. Specifically, today the church seems to have a brighter tinge, if compared to its version on photographs and drawings. This, however, may also be attributed to the inaccurate representation of Christ Church in photos due to lack of proper technical means.
The church plays an important role in terms of allocating the effort and the resources of the Episcopal community. It receives both governmental and private funding, which helps the church to be in a relatively good state and be subjected to regular reconstruction. In my opinion, Christ Church in Philadelphia should receive a good funding because of its historical significance rather than due to its architectural values. Specifically, it played an important role in the process of American revolution, being the ‘Nation’s Church’. It hosted the members of the Continental Congress and American presidents such as John Adams and George Washington. Throughout time, history has been marked by uncountable problems like feuds, hatred, hunger, religious and political conflicts. Often these instances have been symbolically represented through the artistic works of the times. One of these important symbols is Christ Church. Christ Church is a dominant religious structure that, over hundreds of years, has been a symbol of the political regime in power through its architecture, art, and icons. In addition, the building has a tomb incorporated within its structure. The presence of a grave in the building shows that it served a purpose which transcended traditional daily ceremonies. More importantly, the building served as a place of burial for the powerful.
My own opinion about the church is quite controversial. On one hand, Christ Church is an architectural marvel. It represents the ability of human determination and dedication. Even in modern times, with advanced technology, the building still stands out as an architectural masterpiece. On the other hand, while appreciating the historical significance of the building and its role in the establishment of the American Protestant Episcopal Church, I do not like the Gregorian style of the church. From my point of view, it lacks decorations and colors, which creates a gloomy and depressive atmosphere inside of the church.
History and People. Christ Church. https://www.christchurchphila.org/. Published 2012. Accessed February 16, 2018.